Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

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Office Hours  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location City Hall, 18 North Jackson Street, Third Floor
Telephone (608) 755-3085
Fax (608) 755-3189
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Meet the staff Alexander Brown, Associate Planner/MPO Coordinator

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Helpful Links
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Summary of Services

The Janesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a regional transportation planning organization. The MPO performs federally-mandated planning and programming requirements in order for the City and surrounding municipalities within the MPO Planning Area to remain eligible for federal highway, bicycle, and transit funds. Planning Division employees coordinate the functions of the Janesville Area MPO.

Annual administrative activities conducted by the MPO to maintain federal funding eligibility include the following:

  • Annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and budget
  • Annual six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Quarterly financial/progress reports
  • Other planning activities (transit studies, parking studies, traffic studies, etc.

The MPO also maintains a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), updated every five years. The most recent LRTP – the 2015-2050 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan – has a 35-year planning horizon and serves as the action plan for the construction of efficient highway, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and development of effective transit service throughout the Janesville Metropolitan Planning Area. A fundamental component of the LRTP is the bicycle and pedestrian network, which incorporates a system of off-road trains and on-street routes designed for recreational and commuter uses.

MPO Governance

 The work of the MPO is directed by a Policy Board. The Policy Board meets at least once annually to approve the annual UPWP and TIP, and to approve amendments to the UPWP and TIP, and other MPO studies on an as-needed basis. The Policy Board is comprised of the following officials:

  • 7 Janesville City Council members
  • Janesville City Manager
  • City of Milton Mayor
  • 5 Town Chairs or their designees (Towns of Janesville, Harmony, La Prairie, Milton, and Rock)
  • 1 Member of the Rock County Board of Supervisors.
  • Representative for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation District 1 Office.

The MPO Policy Board is advised by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC reviews MPO documents and studies, and forwards them for approval to the Policy Board. The TAC is comprised of staff and/or representatives for the following entities:

  • City of Janesville (City Manager’s Office, Public Works, Transit, Planning, and Engineering)
  • City of Milton (City Administrator and Director of Public Works)
  • Rock County (Public Works & Planning)
  • City of Beloit (SLATS MPO)
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Representative (Rock Trail Coalition)
  • Townships (Janesville, Harmony, La Prairie, Milton, Rock)
  • Freight Representative (Wisconsin & Southern Railroad)

MPO Documents

The MPO maintains hard copies of all documents in the Planning Division of Janesville City Hall (3rd Floor). The public may view these documents Monday – Friday between 7:30am – 4:30pm. Copies are also available at the Milton and Hedberg Public Libraries. Electronic copies of documents may be downloaded from the Document Library.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Annually, the Janesville Area MPO prepares a six-year Transportation Improvement Program, or “TIP.” The program includes prioritized highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects; and all projects in the Janesville Metropolitan Planning Area proposed to be funded with federal funds. Federal transportation planning regulations require that certain federally funded transportation improvement projects in the Janesville urbanized area must be included in the TIP and approved by the MPO Policy Board prior to receiving project approval from the FHWA or FTA. Click here to read the last four years’ approved Transportation Improvement Programs.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Annually, the Janesville Area MPO prepares a Unified Planning Work Program, or “UPWP”. The UPWP outlines the transportation activities that will be undertaken in the next year and budget information. These activities typically include short-range system management studies and work aimed at updating the LRTP. Examples of short-range studies include the Transit Development Plan, parking studies, and traffic studies. The UPWP is approved annually by the MPO Policy Board. Click here read the last three years’ approved Work Programs.

Public Participation Procedures

The Public Participation Procedures were originally adopted in 1994 and were updated in 1999, 2004, 2006, and 2017. The Public Participation Procedures must be reviewed and amended, if necessary, at a minimum of every five years. MPO staff has updated the document, and it was reviewed and approved by the MPO Technical Advisory Committee and MPO Policy Board. Click here to view a copy of current MPO Public Participation Procedures.

Non-Discrimination Agreement and Title VI Reports

The MPO signs a Non-Discrimination Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that assures no person shall on the ground of race, color, national origin, and sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the MPO. The MPO Coordinator is the Title VI Coordinator responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities and preparing required reports. Click here to view the most recent Non-Discrimination agreement.

MPO Meeting Information

The MPO Policy Board and Technical Advisory Committee meet once a year in the fall to review and approve both the Work Program and the TIP. The MPO also meets periodically throughout the year to approve amendments to planning documents. Copies of agendas and minutes from both the MPO Policy Board and TAC meetings can be found here or are available at the Planning Division.

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